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A mother and father snuggle their baby.

This is my third time working with Kristin and Ken Kolesar, but only my second time meeting Baby Evelyn. The last time I saw her, she was just a few months old and couldn’t do much on her own. This time around, Evelyn just celebrated her first birthday, shares lots of smiles and giggles, and is starting to take steps (with a little assistance!)

Kolesar Family: Evelyn’s First Birthday

Three siblings play in the grass.

Meet the Christian family! Christi and Matt Christian and their five children are new to town, and I feel so lucky that they found me and chose me as their photographer. This family is full of kindness, joy, love, and lots and lots of giggles.

Christian Family at Sequoyah Hills Park

A young man at his Bratabandha ceremony with icing on his face.

There are many complex parts to the full Bratabandha ritual, but I was asked to capture the fun moments from the “friends and family” part of Lucas’s Bratabandha.

Lucas’s Bratabandha in Knoxville

The Kolesars hold their newborn daughter in their Knoxville home.

On arriving at the Kolesar home that overlooks Melton Hill lake, Kristin and Ken were taking turns walking and bouncing baby Evelyn.

At-home Newborn Session with the Kolesars

Portrait of a little girl in a yellow dress with blue and white flowers.

Standing under the tall hemlock trees, Annie started off a little shy, hiding behind her hat and big beach ball. But within five minutes, she had really warmed up! In no time flat, she was bouncing around, throwing her ball to me, and offering me her Ninja Turtle action figure. In my book, being offered […]

Annie’s Second Birthday at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

A pregnant woman in a white dress smiles and stands in a lush green field with flowers.

Meet my lovely new neighbors, Amye and Aaron, who are about to be plus one baby boy!  (Update and great news: although he arrived nearly a week late, little Oliver is here and our neighborhood is busy setting up meal trains for this new family of three.) This evening session was hot, hot, hot, but […]

Cole-Crump Summer Maternity Session at Ijams Nature Center

A family of three stands on the sandy shoreline of the Tennessee River.

Meet the beautiful Bock family: Michael, Brooke, and Beatrix. As you can clearly tell, this family is about to be +1 very soon! I met this lovely trio at Island Home Park along the Tennessee River. 

Bock Family at Island Home Park

A grandmother holds her baby granddaughter and smiles.

“Ugh…I don’t know what to wear.”  …searches closet…    “I don’t have anything to wear.”   …feeling of exasperation sets in… “How do I get everyone else dressed?”  “When will I have time to eat today?” “What if the kids are cranky and misbehave?” Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, that’s OK. Please don’t stress! There’s an answer […]

How to Prepare for a Family Photo Session

Siblings goofing off at Admiral Farragut Park.

Maybe you’re wondering exactly how a photo session with me works. It’s a pretty simple process that I’ll break down for you here in just 10 steps. I always try to make it as painless as possible for my clients because my goal is for this to be a stress-free process for you! Let’s dive […]

My Photo Process Explained

A mother whispering to her son at Baker Creek Preserve.

Looking for the perfect spot for your family photos? Look no further! I’ve collected my top five favorite spots. Sure, there are plenty of other places, but these are my top picks. Baker Creek Preserve Yes, I love this place! Not only are there some great mountain biking trails and two natural play areas, but […]

Five Best Locations for Family Photos in Knoxville